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Sacred Vocal Music - Released February 23, 2018 | Alpha

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What a fascinating assembly work this is by Simon-Pierre Bestion, like creating a Grand Cru from already sublime sources. On the first hand he took The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, by Heinrich Schütz, performed as a whole – but “interspersed” with a dozen wonderful madrigals from Johann Hermann Schein’s Israelsbrünnlein. Knowing both works were made in 1623 and that Schütz and Schein were good friends, one born in 1585, the other in 86, the stars really did align perfectly. But the distinctive feature of this recording is that for Schütz’s Resurrection, the singer in the role of the evangelist is no less than Byzantine cantor Georges Abdallah, whose unique voice, elocution, magnificent art of ornamentation and micro-deviations confer this partition − deliberately designed in an archaic way – an unsuspected richness. As for Israelsbrünnlein, Bestion selected nine madrigals out of the twenty-six featured in the collection and interspersed them between each numbers of The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus creating a sort of new piece, co-authored by Schütz and Schein. Furthermore he redistributed Schütz’s instrumentation, initially designed for four viols, but which benefits greatly from the addition of cornets and sackbuts – creating a subtle play of sound exchanges, from one musical cell to the other. Regarding Schein, the partition was originally designed for voices, with no indication on instruments, but in line with the customs of the era, nothing prevented a line, part or cell to be assigned to an instrument or instrumental group and to exchange freely with the voices, according to the interpreters’ imagination. Some madrigals were exclusively given to the orchestral ensemble – which became a proper orchestra a-la-Gabrieli –, others were a blend of instruments and voices. As the listener may guess, here is a truly exciting album, granted very unusual and original, but extraordinarily well crafted. And of course let’s not forget the exceptional acoustics of the chapel of the Palace of Versailles, which further adds to the musical mystery of the recording. © SM/Qobuz
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released October 28, 2016 | HORTUS

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released October 21, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released August 19, 2016 | Ricercar

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released April 29, 2016 | Glossa

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released April 29, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released March 25, 2016 | Accent

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 23, 2015 | Mirare

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released March 9, 2015 | harmonia mundi

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released January 19, 2015 | harmonia mundi

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One of the legendary discs of René Jacobs : the Lamentations of Jeremiah treated "à la française" by the most Italianate composer of the Grand Siècle. This recording made in 1982 has become established over the decades as the essential benchmark in this repertory.
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released September 8, 2014 | Paradizo

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released August 26, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

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There are several uses for Brahms' transcription of Ein Deutsches Requiem scored for soloists and chorus but with the orchestral parts arranged by the composer for two pianos. It can be useful to choirs without access to an orchestra and thus broaden the availability of the work. It can be useful to scholars studying how Brahms solved the problems of transcription and thus broaden the understanding of one of the great German nineteenth century composers. But as an arrangement, Brahms' is not itself particularly successful. Two pianos cannot compete with the long lines of the strings, the colors of the winds, the heroism of the horns, and the fateful tread of the tympani, and all that's left here is a black and white snapshot of a great work. While it may be useful to have a recording of Brahms' arrangement available, this 2003 recording by Laurence Equilbey directing Accentus with soprano Sandrine Piau, baritone Stéphane Degout, and pianists Brigitte Engerer and Boris Berezovsky is itself not especially useful. Despite the absence of an orchestra, the textures are thick to the point of opacity. Part of it is that Accentus has more weight than gravity and more density than clarity. Part of it is that Equilbey is slow to the point of turgidity and sluggish past the point of torpidity. And part of it is that Engerer and Berezovsky are terrific virtuosos with stunning recordings of Chopin and Rachmaninov behind them, but they are too much for their parts and instead of sounding like two pianos substituting for an orchestra, they sound like two virtuosos trying to sound like two orchestras. Piau is pleasant and Degout is doughty, but the performance has sunk long under its own weight before either of them open their mouths.
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released March 11, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released January 21, 2010 | Mirare

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released November 9, 2009 | naïve classique

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released August 15, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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Cantatas (sacred) - Released July 31, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released January 1, 1986 | Accent

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